The Mayor of Manchester took a dig at the prominent Brexiteer on as part of a discussion around the Bayeux Tapestry.
Mr Burnham said: “As to what we send back to France in return I was thinking of something that will fit in there.
“Someone who likes a drink, his own voice and someone’s name who suggests French ancestry – let’s send Nigel Farage back!’
The Remainers in the crowd whooped and cheered crassly at the pithy put-down.
But, the mayor of Manchester vented his fears of Brexit in a more serious tone.
He said: “One thing that worried me was the hear the French Finance Minister on the radio this morning saying he was not going to be as predatory for the city of London.
“What worries me about that is the whole thing is going become about the city of London if we’re not careful.
“We live in a London-centric country and my great worry, as Mayor of Manchester, that we are going to end up with a London-centric Brexit where it’s all about protecting the city of London at the expense of other industries around the regions pay the price.
“I’m telling you now, that is not acceptable to me and many other people in the north of England. We need to see a fair deal for all our industries, all over the country.”
The Bayeux Tapestry is symbolic to both Britain and France as it depicts the Norman conquest of England.
The intricate designs tell the story of how William the Conqueror invaded Britain in 1066 and defeated Harold in battle.
Confirming the loan of the Bayeux Tapestry Mrs May said: “Our shared history will also be reflected in the loan of the Bayeux Tapestry to the UK in 2022, the first time it will be on British soil in more than 900 years.
“The loan of the tapestry will form part of a wider cultural exchange taking place between Britain and France over the next four years.
“I’m honoured at the loan of such a precious piece of our shared history which yet again underscores the closeness of our relationship.”
Mr Macron said he hoped the loan of the Bayeux Tapestry would help forge cultural and scientific links.